Republicans have selected Mike Makee as the new candidate for the 2nd District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. The district includes parts of Stafford and Prince William counties.
Makee is running to succeed two-term Republican Del. Mark Dudenhefer, who announced in January he would not run for re-election.
A graduate of the Naval Academy, Makee served in the U.S. Navy for more than two decades. After his stint in the Navy, he worked for the government and then as a defense contractor. His specialty is ballistic missile defense.
Makee’s service in the military and as a government civilian took him all around the world. including Italy, Germany and Japan. He moved to Stafford in 2015 with his wife, Katy, and their six children, ages 12—24. Several of his children attend Stafford public schools.
He serves on the Stafford County Utility Commission and as treasurer for the Stafford County Republican Committee.
“We have waited a long time to settle down and now we are putting down deep roots,” Makee said. “We want to get involved and make the community the best it can be because we are a part of it.”
Makee said one of his top priorities if elected will be to pursue a multi-pronged approach to alleviate traffic issues in the area. He noted that commuters often spend hours in standstill traffic on Interstate 95, and residents make decisions about what to do on the weekend based on traffic levels.
Education is also important to Makee. The solid education offered by Stafford schools was one of the primary reasons why he and his family decided to move to the county.
In approaching these issues, Makee explained that it will be important to control spending by prioritizing projects and looking for creative solutions that don’t break the bank or put undue strain on the community.
“I know that I am a hardworking, dedicated person and that if I set out to do something, I can accomplish it,” Makee said. “I want to make sure our voices are heard down in Richmond and that we do the best for our community.”
The announcement of Makee’s candidacy comes on the heels of Laquan Austion’s withdrawal from the 2nd District race following revelations that he incorrectly claimed a graduate degree from George Washington University on his LinkedIn page.
Makee will face Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy in the general election on Nov. 7.